Lead Scientist– Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance

University of Oxford


We are seeking a Lead Scientist to join the Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance (CGPS) at the Big Data Institute, University of Oxford. CGPS is a dynamic research group committed to supporting the global need for increased pathogenic surveillance, specifically in relation to antimicrobial resistance. The group has developed several leading web applications used by researchers and public health officials across the globe. 

As the lead scientist, you will bring scientific expertise, a strong background in the informed utility of genomics to aid infection control, a deep scientific understanding of the challenges around translating scientific insight into translational public health information and a drive to deliver distilled and rapid insight gleaned from increasingly large datasets for major bacterial and viral pathogens for decision making. You will be expected to generate and lead research projects with public health impact and output and to drive scientific questions pertinent to large scale data and biological interpretation. This role entails both supervision of students and junior staff and responsibility for generating both project structure and strategy. You will be expected to contribute to the delivery of grant proposals and raise grant funding to further the aims of the Centre.

It is essential that you hold a PhD in a relevant subject (biological sciences, bioinformatics, and computer sciences) together with post qualification research experience. You will have demonstrable experience, ability and practical success in pathogen genomics, antimicrobial resistance, bioinformatics, applications of genomics to public health or similar experience in high-throughput data analysis, integration and interpretation in pathogen genomics and antimicrobial resistance across a broad range of WHO priority pathogens. You will have extensive research experience and an ability to develop research projects, work on large number of projects simultaneously, and have a strong publication record in relevant fields. It is essential that you have excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to self-guide as well as work collaboratively with team members with good spoken and written communication skills.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. Your supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience.  

This position is offered full time on a fixed term contract for 3 years and is funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Only applications received before 12 midday on 12th of June 2023 will be considered. 

Please quote 165155 on all correspondence.

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